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Review by bakes on 10/31/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2009
I hate agreeing with Ben, but ya know, sometimes the dude is right... just bustin' on ya Duff! ;) I grew up on German Helles lagers, and drank waaaay too many of them when I visited Germany many years ago as my uncle's best friend was the brewmaster at Roth Brauerei in Schweinfurt. This style is near and dear to my heart, so I pop open this can with anticipation...

Brilliant straw gold - the beer practically shines in the glass - with a white head that settles somewhat quickly but stays around for the show. Love the aroma - sweet Pilsner maltiness, wafting clover honey, and a grassy, slightly citrusy and spicy hoppiness.

This is so ungodly drinkable. Starts off with a slightly nose tingling faint hop spiciness atop a dry-sweet, lightly toasted bread with orange blossom honey maltiness. Bitterness is there, completely balanced. Hints of sweet grain in the middle of the sip. Finishes as it starts with a grassy, slightly spicy hoppiness atop a sweet grain malt. Perfect mouthfeel and body - light, but there. Aftertaste leaves a bittersweet fresh flavor on the tongue that's truly enjoyable.

It speaks volumes about a brewery when they can nail their lighter brews - not as much alcohol or malt or hops to mask off flavors. Surly nails them consistently. Great example of a style underrepresented in craft beer IMO.

Thanks to TipTop for the cans!

Served In: Bottle